Does Scaling And Root Planing Hurt?

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No, the scaling and root planing procedure is not painful. However, you may experience a little discomfort after it is completed.

Scaling and root planing are considered deep cleaning, as they eliminate plaque buildup and cure inflamed gums. It is a treatment option for those with periodontitis and patients may be at risk of losing their teeth, gums, and bone without it.

A dentist may recommend a scaling process in order to remove significant tartar buildup if you do not receive regular teeth cleanings. Additionally, gum disease is commonly treated and prevented using dental scaling. It is intended to assist your gums regain their healthy state by removing plaque and tartar accumulation from your teeth, helping your gums reattach.

What is a scaling and root planing procedure?

Scaling and root planing are two parts of a non-surgical deep cleaning procedure. Debris is cleaned from above and below the gum line, reaching down to the root. Dentists may use an ultrasonic tool with a vibrating tip to remove the plaque or another handheld device. 

A topical or local anesthetic may be applied to neutralize any potential discomfort. Once the tartar and plaque are scraped, the gums and tooth roots are clean. Removal of rough surfaces will allow the gums to recover and seal around the teeth.

The duration of the procedure depends on the condition of the gums and quantity of plaque. Depending on the amount of deposits removed, the procedure may be completed in one to four sessions.

Will scaling and root planing cause discomfort?

Scaling and root planing may cause discomfort due to deep cleaning around the gums. Additionally, soreness and tenderness in the gums may last for anywhere from a few days to up to a week after the treatment. Your teeth might also be particularly sensitive to extreme temperature or overly sweet foods. The dentist will take the following measures to lessen your discomfort during and after:

  • Use local anesthetic to numb the teeth roots and gums before the treatment.
  • Use specialized equipment throughout the process to clean the plaque accumulation from the teeth on and around the gum line. This procedure will be less intrusive thanks to this equipment.
  • Suggest a special toothpaste after the treatment to aid with any soreness and irritation.
  • Divide the process into multiple sessions if additional cleaning is required or the scaling and planing are more involved than anticipated.

Procedure for Scaling And Root Planing

The procedure begins with scaling and removal of plaque and tartar. It is then followed by root planing at the end.

Step 1: The dentist first applies local anesthesia to numb the gums.

Step 2: After this, the dentist will scrape plaque off of the enamel surface above and below the gum line. 

They employ a hand-held tool that cleans debris from the teeth and beneath the gum line in regions inaccessible to your toothbrush. The tool is called a dental scaler and curette with a vibrating metal tip to remove tartar.

Step 3: The root planing procedure is carried out after the scaling procedure. While similar to scaling in nature, it gets to the surface of the roots, which is then cleaned to encourage proper gum reattachment.

After the procedure is complete, the patient leaves with perfectly clean teeth that regular brushing and flossing cannot achieve. The experts at Miracle Dental offer a regimen to prevent the irritation from lingering following the procedure.

Advantages of scaling and root planing

The space between the gums and the teeth may widen as gum disease worsens. It may lead to weakening of the bones that support your teeth and eventually contribute to loose teeth or tooth loss. 

If your dentist recommends scaling and root planing, benefits may include:

  • Thorough tooth cleaning on and around the gum line.
  • Stop the progression of gum disease and resolve the source of foul breath.
  • Help the body repair and address the current ailment.
  • Protect the teeth roots and tighten contact with gums.

Stubborn plaque or debris removal and the resolution of these issues can be achieved with scaling and planing.

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